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Lead the communication revolution

Communication Science

Within the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the focus is on the role that media and communication technologies play in relations between individuals, organisations and society.

Research by the department is characterised by the use of advanced research methods and technology, working in close collaboration with other scientists within the Faculty of Social Sciences as well as with scholars from other scientific disciplines such as computer science, linguistics and psychology.

The staff of the department are highly regarded in the international community, as attested by publications in leading journals within both their own discipline and related fields. The knowledge gained by research in the department is increasingly applied to domains such as social robotics, behavior modification by use of apps, and the use of social media by organizations. This knowledge plays also an important role in the teaching programme provided by the department. Students do not only learn to apply scientific knowledge, but also to conduct scientific research into communication processes.

The teaching programme has produced numerous alumni that in various functions are concerned with communication processes within organizations in both the private and public sector.


The Department of Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an innovative and internationally visible research group that contributes to knowledge and theory development in the field, by conducting fundamental as well as societal relevant applied research.

Read more about our research.

About the department

Department chair Tilo Hartmann, associate professor Mariken van der Velden and assistant professor Philipp Masur share about working at the Communication Science department.

Our vacancies can be found on the Working at VU website.

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In the spotlight: political compromises and public opinion

Mariken van der Velden is associate professor in our department and investigates the impact of political news on public opinion in the Netherlands. She is particularly interested in the role of compromises. What are the consequences of compromises for citizens? And what is the impact of political communication about these compromises on voting behaviour? This is an example of one of our research fields.

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Mailing address Communication Science department:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen Afdeling Communicatiewetenschap
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam


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